Hospital patients to be offered COVID-19 jab
Sydney Local Health District has opened a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Canterbury Hospital, to immunise eligible hospital patients, their families and carers.
Robert Hudson, was the first to be vaccinated at the new Clinic after having surgery at the hospital and subsequently being discharged.
"The vaccination process was super quick and easy," Mr Hudson said.
"I have just been discharged and meet the eligibility criteria for the vaccination. I'm getting vaccinated here today to get it done with convenience. When I am fully vaccinated, I look forward to good health and staying COVID-19 free."
The Canterbury Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic offers inpatients aged 16 – 60 and those considered vulnerable, and who meet the eligibility criteria, an appointment to be vaccinated on the day they're expected to be discharged from hospital.
On the day of discharge patients with a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, will go through the regular discharge process, but as they exit the hospital patients will attend the Canterbury Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.
The Clinic's Nurse Unit Manager, Shona Hanson has been involved in the set-up of other District-operated vaccination clinics at RPA, Sydney Airport and at Sydney Olympic Park.
"I am excited for the patients at Canterbury Hospital to get this opportunity to get vaccinated. This will help protect our community against COVID-19," Ms Hanson said.
The patient's family and carers will also be able to book vaccination appointments for that same day.
Appointments for second COVID-19 vaccinations will also be made at the hospital, with further details to be provided by Clinic staff.
It's planned to expand the Clinic to offer about 200 vaccinations each day, with outpatients and Community Health patients to be included at a later date.
"The Clinic is another milestone in the District's effort to protect our community from COVID-19," Kiel Harvey, the hospital's General Manager, said.
"We want to help vaccinate as many people in our community as possible. We want to protect them and their loved ones from COVID-19," he said.
The Clinic has been set up in a dedicated space near the hospital's main entry foyer and will staffed by teams from the NSW Health Vaccination Clinic at Sydney Olympic Park.
The Clinic will operate from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday with the last appointment available to be booked at 5pm each day.